Changing Skins

(Raus aus der Haut)

Germany, 1997, 90 min, color
In German; English subtitles
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The scene is East Germany in 1977, during the infamous Red Army Faction kidnapping of industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer in West Germany. A couple of East German teens are caught with contraband photos of West German Baader-Meinhof terrorists. In an attempt to divert the harsh punishment promised, they improvise an RAF-style kidnapping of the school principal.


Both a comedy of errors and a bitter social commentary, the film confirms Dresen's reputation as a leading director with a consummate film style.

Press comments

"Andreas Dresen's films open a window into the hearts and minds of everyday people facing-yet not always surmounting-life's challenges. Like Andrzej Wajda, Dresen consistently portrays the human condition with honest insight and compassion."
—American Cinema Foundation; Andrzej Wajda / Philip Morris Freedom Prize


“*** Recommended!”
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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Essay: "Youth Culture, Terrorism and German Film History"
  • An Introduction to Andreas Dresen's films
  • Biography & Filmography of Director
  • Interview with the Director
  • Timeline: Terrorism in West Germany 1967-1998

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